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Divorce Lawyer and Family Law Attorney

The Law Offices of Tara Carter

Experienced and Compassionate Nashville Law Firm

Strong advocacy for spouses, children, and parents
when a marriage or a relationship ends.

When a wife or husband realizes that a marriage is over, they need to take the proper steps to safeguard their future. Safe steps include obtaining an uncontested divorce when possible and a contested divorce when necessary. Spouses who are divorcing must negotiate or litigate their property issues correctly. Once an agreement is made or an order is entered, the division of assets cannot be negotiated again.

Safe steps include creating custody orders, parenting plans, and support orders that are in the best interests of the children – whether the parents are married or not. Alimony awards can help a spouse who cannot support herself or himself get the funds they need to acquire an education or skills for a new job. Spouses who are unable to work due to a disability or old age may be entitled to long-term alimony.

At the Law Office of Tara Carter, we have the experience to effectively handle divorce cases and other family law matters. We work with your spouse’s counsel when possible to craft agreements that protect you. We mediate cases when a neutral-third party can help resolve marital disputes. If agreements or mediation do not work, we are ready to present your case before the family court judge.

We help clients identify their legal issues, value their financial assets, and prioritize their needs such as keeping the martial home and having custody of their children. We then work aggressively to help spouses and parents achieve the strongest financial and emotional outcome possible – so they can focus on new relationships and a new life.

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Ending any relationship is a traumatic experience. Terminating a marriage means more than just being able to start new relationships. Divorce must be done in the right way to protect your marital property and provide for your financial future and your children’s future. Spouses need to balance the desire to obtain a quick divorce with the need to make the necessary emotional adjustments so that you can calmly assess and prioritize your needs.

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Child Custody

Every child custody decision is based on what is in the best interests of the children. Parents, whether married or not, need to show that every decision they make- where the child lives, who makes the key decisions for the children, where the child goes to school – is for their children’s best interest. Custody in Tennessee is decided as part of the divorce proceedings if the parents are married. It is decided as part of a custody case if the parents are unwed.

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Experienced Nashville Family Law Firm

Divorce and Family Law matters we handle

Our Nashville divorce attorneys handle the following matters for residents of Middle Tennessee:

  • Divorce. Uncontested and contested divorces.

  • Property Division. How the marital assets are divided

  • Custody. Where the children will live and who makes the decisions for the children

  • Child support. How much one parent must pay the other for the child’s expenses

  • Alimony. A temporary or permanent regular payment to assist a spouse who can’t support herself/himself.

  • Alimony prior to a divorce. A financial payment to make sure one spouse cannot force the other spouse to make a bad settlement because they need money now.

  • Adoption. We help couples, step-parents, grandparents, and others confirm their legal responsibility and love for a minor child.

  • Grandparents’ rights. Tennessee encourages grandparents who have a significant relationship with their child to continue that relationship when a marriage ends

For more information on the marital areas we handle, please see our practice area page.

We represent clients in Davidson, Williamson, Cheatham, Robertson, Sumner, and Wilson counties.